The World Bank’s Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a program designed to give participants hands-on experience with World Bank projects. The program accepts around 40 applicants each year who are offered five-year renewable term contracts, spend 2 years in a structured development program, and are given access to benefits and other opportunities. YPP participants gain professional experience through specific assignments. They also join in with field work to get hands-on experience in development work. Additionally, participants receive training through a developed curriculum to help young professionals gain skills in leadership, innovation, integrative thinking, and more. Young Professionals are assigned a buddy from the previous year’s cohort, as well as a mentor, a technical buddy, peer-coaching groups, and the Youth Program Team to recruit future YPP participants.
Eligibility requirements for the YPP include citizenship of a World Bank Group member country, maximum age limit of 32 years old, fluency in English, and at least three years of professional experience or a doctoral degree. Applicants also must have expertise in a field relevant to World Bank operations, and proficiency in a World Bank working language is desired. The Young Professionals Program is looking for candidates who have excellent academic credentials, a passion for international development, leadership skills, ID country experience, and a willingness to relocate for country assignments.